Today I’m happy to welcome author Debbie W. Wilson to the blog as she shares what inspires her writing. Read through to the end to find out how you can enter her giveaway.
When people ask me why I wrote Little Faith, Big God, I explain my tendency to be hard on myself. Bible stories that highlight God’s grace—especially with with His flawed children—captivate me.
Hebrews 11 inspires me in many ways. But the backstories of the people commended for their faith show ordinary people most of us can relate to. Their spiritual growth charts show rises and dips—like mine. They remind me the path to spiritual maturity is not a straight line, nor was it meant to be.
Those of us raised in the church—or in the Bible belt—can tell anyone we’re saved by grace through faith. But sometimes, after we come to know Jesus, we forget the grace part. We think growth is only up to us.
Many of the men and women of Hebrews 11 didn’t start with great faith. But they put their faith in the right Person. Even though they sometimes took three steps forward and two back, they kept moving forward in response to God’s outstretched grace. And they finished well!
Reading how God dealt with his flawed children helps me give myself grace when I mess up. God gave Jacob a spectacular dream in which the Lord stood at the top of a ladder that spanned the gap between heaven and earth, with angels ascending and descending it.
God blessed Jacob and promised to give him and his descendants the land of Canaan. He was bequeathing the promise of Abraham. What amazed me about this scene is its timing. Jacob had just deceived his father and cheated his brother.
Perhaps the key to accepting ourselves—which precedes the ability to unconditionally love others—comes from seeing ourselves as our Lord sees us. When He looks at us, He sees what we will be.
The ancients of Hebrews 11 confirm this truth. “And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory” (Rom. 8:30 NLT). In other words, God remembered their faith—not their flaws.
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What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write?
I enjoy audio mysteries. I can get in my daily steps and be entertained at the same time.
And we have two standard poodles. My 87-pound scamp, Max, has inspired many blogs. He’s helped me be more compassionate with the rascals in Hebrews 11.
Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Because I couldn’t fit all the characters from Hebrews 11 into one book, I grouped the rest into another book. I’m polishing the manuscript for Little Strength, Big God, which looks at those who “became strong in battle.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debbie W. Wilson, Bible teacher and former biblical counselor, combines insight and encouragement to inspire others to trust Christ with their lives. Her books include Little Faith, Big God, (1st place Kudos Award winner for nonfiction book of 2021), Little Women, Big God, and Give Yourself a Break. She and her husband Larry founded Lighthouse Ministries, a nonprofit biblical counseling and Bible study ministry. Find free resources and connect with Debbie at RefreshingFaith.com.